Fifa Bans Zambian Soccer Legend Kalusha Bwalya

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Lusaka: Zambian former international footballer Kalusha Bwalya has been banned for two years from all football related activities by world governing body Fifa.

Bwalya faced charges of accepting bribes from banned Qatari official Bin Hammam.

“The investigation against Mr Bwalya was opened on 28 February 2017, and focused principally on benefits that Mr Bwalya had received from Mr Bin Hammam,” Fifa said in a statement.

“The adjudicatory chamber found Mr Bwalya guilty of having violated art. 16 (Confidentiality) and art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) of the FIFA Code of Ethics. A fine in the amount of CHF 100,000 was also imposed on Mr Bwalya.”

Bwalya, Zambia’s eight most capped player, was named African Footballer of the Year in 1988 by France Football magazine.

He once coached Zambia’s national football team. He is the former president of the Zambian Football Association.